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Mr Bean Voted One Of The Greatest Britons, Ahead Of Paul McCartney, Princess Diana and Charlie Chaplin

29/07/2014 12:32 BST | Updated 29/07/2014 12:59 BST

When you're asked to think of the greatest Britons ever, there are plenty of people who are likely to spring to mind - but will Mr Bean be one of them?

A recent British Council survey asked participants around the world to do exactly that, and surprisingly, the TV and film character, played by Rowan Atkinson, came out (almost) on top in the list of figures people around the globe associate with British culture.

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Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean

Mr Bean beat the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Charlie Chaplin and Princess Diana in the poll and just a handful of stars managed to rank higher than the character.

William Shakespeare topped the survey while the Queen was ranked second with David Beckham just behind in third place.

‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling and singer Adele also beat Rowan Atkinson’s creation.

The study also evaluated how people abroad perceive Britons’ behaviour, revealing that while the UK’s residents are regarded as intelligent and polite, they’re also considered to be heavy drinkers, who sometimes exhibit xenophobic tendencies.

Mr Bean was last spotted during the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony - an event which is likely to have contributed to his global popularity.

Sadly, Rowan Atkinson has since retired Mr Bean and is concentrating on more serious stage roles.

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